Write Drunk, edit sober

Found this in my google plus timeline. I hope it goes viral. (via Amanda Patterson  https://plus.google.com/103636214904400746295/posts/aH7X2xKgLzG)

12 Quotes about Writing…

1. “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~ Mark Twain

2. “If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do.” ~ William Zinsser

3. “Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’ ” ~ Jef Mallett

4. “Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.” ~ David Sedaris

5. “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” ~ Red Smith

6. “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ~ E.L. Doctorow

7. “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” ~ James Michener

8. “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

9. “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” ~ Isaac Asimov

10. “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ~ Stephen King

11. “Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.” ~ Terri Guillemets

12. “Write drunk, edit sober.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Was beginning to to doubt this whole project is a good idea. Was beginning to doubt that I can be a writer. Those must be the kind of days Hemingway wrote drunk. Not the best solution to the problem, but an understandable one. There has to be some healthy way to deal with the doubting days, besides alcohol or cheesecake.  What would Aiden/Edward do? Brood…then do the right thing. They’d be the vamp, then suck it up and do the healthy thing.  They’d “write drunk and edit sober” in the figurative sense…which of course, this being the country and culture it is, figurative, symbolic, abstract-idea drinking is the only kind being discussed here.


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